Sen. John Kerry is expected to be approved as the U.S. Secretary of State today. Salon.com recently speculated that Kerry may shift U.S. policy on Cuba, and perhaps push to end the decades-long embargo. This possibility would no doubt stir passionate debate among the many New Orleanians who fled the island after Fidel Castro took power in 1959, not to mention U.S. sugar producers who have benefitted from the embargo.
WE WANT A NORMAL <P> CLASS FOR THIS PARAGRAPH According to [Welsh’s] Jan. 14 letter, the aquifer is “not being used in a manner that can continue indefinitely without causing unacceptable environmental, economic, social or health consequences.”
New FEMA flood zone maps present hurricane-stricken residents in the Northeast with a conundrum familiar to South Louisianians: pay now to rebuild homes to higher elevations, or pay gargantuan flood insurance premiums later. Hurricane Sandy victims– we feel your pain. If you have cash reserves to stick it out, perhaps, seven years later, if the feds build you new flood protection, and you live inside a protected area, rates will go back down.
Yet, as far as the city has come, decades-old problems persist. New Orleans remains plagued by violent crime, political corruption, a troubled police department and poverty.
Crime rates briefly dipped after Katrina scattered residents all over the country but quickly soared again as people returned home. Landrieu has made crime reduction one of his top priorities, but the murder rate has remained stubbornly high since he took office in 2010.
After being built in South Korea, the enormous Olympus oil drilling platform has arrived in Texas for final assembly, before it is positioned off the coast of Louisiana. The platform will drill at a depth of 3,000 feet and could extend the life of the Mars field to 2050. It is operated by Shell and partially owned by BP.
Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...
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